Cunard Unveils 2020 Voyage Program
Luxury cruise brand Cunard has unveiled its “Oceans of Discovery” voyage program featuring sailings from November 2019 through April 2020. Flagship liner Queen Mary 2 along with Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will call at 123 destinations in 48 different countries, including 10 exciting maiden calls in Japan, Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Cruises range from two-night short breaks to a full 113-night world voyage, which the line says will offer a blend of iconic, world-class cities along with smaller, lesser-known but equally charming destinations. Oceans of Discovery, by Cunard includes:
The World Voyage: Pioneering the concept of world cruising in 1922, Cunard has undertaken more world voyages and sent more ships around the globe than any other passenger line. In 2020, Queen Mary 2 will offer the only true World Voyage lasting between 99 and 113 nights.
Grand Voyages: These itineraries offer more days at sea with the luxury of time, and call on the world's most iconic ports, creating unforgettable journeys.
Regions of the World: These curated voyages showcase the most fascinating regions on earth, balancing the exploration of shore days with the serenity of time at sea.
"Cunard's iconic three Queens will traverse the globe during our 2020 program," said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. "These carefully curated itineraries offer extended time in port, so guests have more time to explore each destination, including many overnight stays featuring two full days of exploration in cities such as Cape Town, Auckland and Buenos Aires."
Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 will operate Cunard's only World Voyage in 2020 and will undertake her classic East-West Voyage to Australia and Asia, including the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Southern Africa. The World Cruise can be taken as a round-trip from either New York (113 nights) or London (99 nights). Shorter voyage options range in length from one-to-three weeks are also availab.e.
The beginning of the voyage is routed via the Mediterranean Sea and Suez Canal to the Arabian Gulf and across the Indian Ocean, entering Asia via the Malacca Straits. From there, Queen Mary 2 will head north via Vietnam to Hong Kong before heading south to Australia. The final leg of the voyage is the return to London from Australia, which is routed via South Africa. The voyage includes more overnight stays than in any of Queen Mary 2's world voyages in the past 10 years.
In December 2019 and the first half of 2020, Queen Elizabeth will offer a series of round-trip voyages from international ports. She will operate six round-trip voyages from Melbourne and two from Sydney, covering the popular regions of South Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand as well as a new itinerary that features the exotic paradise of Papua New Guinea with maiden calls in Conflict Island and Kiriwina. The ship will offer multiple sailings in Japan, making five maiden calls to Japanese ports in 2020.
Queen Victoria's winter deployment consists of a series of European departures in November and December 2019, followed by a winter escape round-trip experience to South America. The ship will offer longer stays in ports such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, as well as overnights in Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Callao. Scenic cruising will include the Amazon River, the Magellan Straits, Cape Horn, the Chilean Fjords and the Panama Canal.